Postal workers back Gate Gourmet rally

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Gate Gourmet locked-out workers and their campaign team won big support on Southall High Street and from postal workers at Greenford Mail Centre yesterday
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers and their campaign team won big support on Southall High Street and from postal workers at Greenford Mail Centre yesterday

POSTAL workers from the Greenford Mail Centre, one of the biggest in the country, are coming to the Gate Gourmet locked-out workers’ first anniversary march and rally in Southall this Sunday.

Yesterday they bought eight tickets for the evening’s entertainment in Southall Community Centre and said that they would be marching behind their CWU trade union branch banner.

Area processing rep, Geoff Loftus, said: ‘I’m really aggravated by what happened to these workers.

‘The people in the catering industry and in the Post Office are really so often exploited. I’ll be there on Sunday and be very happy to speak at the rally.

‘Now is the time for trade unions to fight for their members and for trade union leaders to be held accountable for their actions.’

CWU deputy early rep, Steve Jackson, said: ‘I’m going on Sunday. We are the same. We don’t trust our leadership either.’

Branch chair Jim Murphy said: ‘Our branch would like to show its solidarity in the Gate Gourmet dispute. We will be bringing our banner on Sunday and encouraging our members to come.’

Gate Gourmet locked-out worker Parmjit Bains said: ‘They were so nice and we are really glad that they’re coming with their banner and have supported us with money. It just shows there is unity in the working class.

‘These branch officers are very supportive and we hope that lots of their members will come too – It’s going to be a great day.

‘All trade unionists should come and we want a big turnout from the local community too.’

On the High Street campaign team, Young Socialists member Jonathan Gabriel said: ‘We got loads of support. It’s very important that these workers win their struggle. The trade unions must not sell out the workers.’

Samuel Adediran, another YS member, said: ‘We got lots of support today. People bought tickets and said they’ll come.’